Farm Ireland

Wednesday 21 February 2018

Continuing wet conditions dampen trade prospects as farmers move cattle

Mart prices hold steady despite factory pressure

Joe Healy

The mart trade for cattle remained strong throughout the past week. Despite beef prices and quotes under pressure at the factories any well fleshed stock at the marts met with keen demand and held their own when compared to recent weeks.

Quality forward and light stores also sold very well but the plainer types were finding it a bit tougher, with a number of marts reporting prices for those types to be back by anything from €10 to €30/hd.

Suckler cows with a calf at foot and cull cows were steady. The extremely wet conditions are not very encouraging for farmers to go out and buy stores and this is definitely affecting the trade for plainer and lighter stock.

Some farmers have had to put some of their cattle back into sheds and while this is happening, those farmers are going to be a lot less active at ringside.

At Ennis Mart the heavy bullocks and the forward stores held firm as the continental types generally moved at €2.20-2.35/kg, with some lots making up to €2.40/kg.

lighter stores

The lighter stores sold for €2.60-2.70/kg. Poorer quality types were back in price by €20-30/hd.

Well fleshed heifers made €2.30-2.65/kg. Bull weanlings over 500kg were making from €2.40 to €2.60/kg, while the lighter bull made €2.60-2.85/kg in the main.

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A few top quality lots made up to and over the €3/kg. A lot of the cull cows were selling for €1.60-1.70/kg but some very heavy fleshy cows made €2.00-2.20/kg.

Carnew Mart had 585 cattle on offer. A very strong trade for all classes, with prices fully maintained was the report from there as beef and forward store steers made from €750 to €1,040 with their weight.

Lighter stores sold from €350 to €930 over. The best of the weanling bulls made up to and over €1,000 with the weight.

Plainer types sold from this back to €450 over.

In the heifer section the fleshy lots made from €650-1,040 over the €1/kg. Stores made €350-860 over the weight.

Cull cow prices ran from €280 to €850 over.

The plain stock in the 420 cattle on offer at Ballinakill Mart were easier by €10-20/hd but the better quality lots were a flying trade. The heavy steers were selling for €2.10-2.80/kg.

Forward stores made from €2.25 to €3.10 with the lighter lots making from €2.00 to €3.20/kg.

The heifers made €2.25-2.60/kg. Weanling heifers sold for €1.90-2.50/kg. The bulls moved at €2.10-2.55/kg.

Prices for suckler cows with a calf at foot ranged from €1,300 to €1,740/unit. Cull cows sold from €1.70 to €2.10/kg.

good show

A good show of stock met a similar trade to the previous week at Ballymote Mart. Steers under 500kg were selling for €400-755 with their weight. Light heifers up to 400kg made from €400 to €665 with the weight.

Lots between 400kg and 500kg were making from €410 to €700 over, while the heavier types made up to €800 with the €1/kg. The weanling bulls under 400kg made from €450 to €635 with the weight.

The best of the heavier types made up to €700 over. Weanling heifers sold for €415-515 with their weight. Suckler cows with a calf at foot made from €1,200-1,900.

Kilkenny Mart had 650 stock for sale. With demand outstripping supply, the beef animals were the best sellers in a sharp trade.

Heavy steers were making from €2.15 to €2.61/kg or €680-1,140 over their weight. The 400-600kg steers were making from €2.00 to €2.70/kg.

A pen of four Friesian bullocks weighing 400kg sold for €810 or €2.03/kg. Lighter steers moved at up to €2.89/kg for the continentals, with a top of €3.12/kg for a pair of Charollais weighing 340kg and selling for €1,060. A pen of nine Friesians made €2.00/kg.

The beef heifers ranged from €2.20-2.50/kg or €650-900 over the weight. Butcher types made from €2.15 to €2.75/kg. Stores sold for €2.20-2.66/kg or €320-700 over.

Continental cull cow prices ran from €1.55 to €2.25/kg, with the Friesian cull cows selling for €1.15-2.00/kg. Sucklers made from €1,000 to €1,400/unit.

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